DURBAN, (Reuters) – Stuart Broad shone with bat and ball to give England the advantage on an enthralling second day of the first test against South Africa yesterday.
Opener Dean Elgar provided stubborn resistance after Broad claimed three wickets as the hosts finished on 137 for four in reply to England’s 303.
Elgar was unbeaten on 67 at the close after Broad removed three of his partners, including a superb delivery to dismiss the dangerous AB de Villiers caught behind.
Temba Bavuma was 10 not out with South Africa 166 runs adrift going into the third day.
Broad also snagged the wicket of Stiaan van Zyl with the second ball of the innings and had out-of-form South Africa captain Hashim Amla caught behind for seven.
Spinner Moeen Ali bowled Faf du Plessis for two, the batsman dancing down the track but missing the ball which clipped the top of the bails.
The second day in Durban tests are traditionally the preserve of the batsmen but 10 wickets fell on a sunny and breezy day after Saturday’s play was dogged by rain delays.
England could not have asked for a better start when Van Zyl, back in the side, shouldered arms to a straight ball from Broad and was bowled while Amla was squared up by Broad and caught behind by wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.
De Villiers survived a controversial call for a gully catch, that was eventually ruled to have fallen short when he was on 11 but was cleverly set up by Broad who tempted him into a faint touch to a wider ball when he was on 49.
“AB was taking the game away from us slightly so we tried to put pressure on him to make score shots and the ball swung late and got more grip than I thought it would,” Broad told reporters.
Morne Morkel took four wickets before lunch as England added 124 runs to their overnight tally for the loss of six wickets.
Nick Compton, 63 overnight, was one of Morkel’s victims as he went out for 85, the top score of the innings.
Morkel also dismissed Stokes, Moeen and Chris Woakes, out first ball, in a hostile spell that brought him figures of 4-76.
“The first hour tomorrow will be crucial,” Morkel said. “It’s tough to score with the wicket and outfield both being slow.”
England 1st innings (Overnight: 179-4)
A. Cook c Elgar b Steyn 0
A. Hales c de Villiers b Steyn 10
N. Compton c de Villiers b M. Morkel 85
J. Root lbw b Piedt 24
J. Taylor c de Villiers b Steyn 70
B. Stokes c Duminy b M. Morkel 21
J. Bairstow c Elgar b Abbott 41
M. Ali c de Villiers b M. Morkel 0
C. Woakes lbw b M. Morkel 0
S. Broad not out 32
S. Finn lbw b Steyn 12
Extras (b-1 lb-3 nb-3 w-1) 8
Total (all out, 100.1 overs) 303
Fall of wickets: 1-3 A. Cook,2-12 A. Hales,3-49 J. Root,4-174 J. Taylor,5-196 B. Stokes,6-247 N. Compton,7-253 M. Ali,8-253 C. Woakes,9-267 J. Bairstow,10-303 S. Finn
Bowling D. Steyn 25.1 – 5 – 70 – 4 K. Abbott 24 – 4 – 66 – 1(nb-1) M. Morkel 26 – 5 – 76 – 4(nb-2 w-1) D. Piedt 16 – 2 – 63 – 1 S. van Zyl 2 – 1 – 2 – 0 D. Elgar 7 – 2 – 22 – 0
South Africa 1st innings
S. van Zyl b Broad 0
D. Elgar not out 67
H. Amla c Bairstow b Broad 7
A. de Villiers c Bairstow b Broad 49
F. du Plessis b Ali 2
T. Bavuma not out 10
Extras (lb-1 w-1) 2
Total (for 4 wickets, 52 overs) 137
Fall of wickets: 1-0 S. van Zyl,2-14 H. Amla,3-100 A. de Villiers,4-113 F. du Plessis
To bat: J. Duminy, K. Abbott, M. Morkel, D. Piedt, D. Steyn Bowling S. Broad 10 – 5 – 16 – 3 C. Woakes 11 – 1 – 22 – 0 M. Ali 13 – 0 – 45 – 1 S. Finn 10 – 1 – 34 – 0 B. Stokes 7 – 1 – 19 – 0(w-1) J. Root 1 – 1 – 0 – 0 Referees Umpire: Aleem Dar Umpire: Rod Tucker TV umpire: Bruce Oxenford Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle